LYRICS OF A LAD
WITH A PREFACE BY
MAURICE FRANCIS EGAN
RALPH FLETCHER SEYMOUR CO.
THE RALPH FLECTCHER SEYMOUR COMPANY takes pleasure in announcing the immediate publication of a book of poems, entitled [page 2] LYRICS OF A LAD; the first published volume, containing the short, imaginative and unusually impassioned work of a young Italian poet, Scharmel Iris, who promises to win a similar place in the ranks of the more important American poets to that held by Rossetti, in England.
Of those whose work has received general or convincing recognition no one has been distinguished by more geniune or appreciative criticism and comment than Scharmel Iris. Such men as John Ruskin, Algernon Swinburne, and Edmund Gosse have expressed their belief in the inspired nature and in the power of this young poet.
The volume here presented contains his most desirable and characteristic lyrics. It is made in a carefully designed and well printed book, of a hundred pages, bound in paper boards, and will be published on receipt of the least number of orders necessary to assure the interest which should be shown in the appearance of so serious a contribution to our poetic literature.
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JOHN RUSKIN: He is a youth of genius and his poems are marvelously beautiful. His heart has felt the pathos of life and he has set this pathos to music. His poems, being both human and exquisite, will enrich the treasury of Poesy.
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE: He writes with imaginative ardor and impassioned is the word which best illustrates his utterance. He is geniune and sincere, and his lovely poems display energy of emotion and a true sense of poetic restraint.
CHARLES PHILLIPS: Is there in the whole literature of poetry, anything finer or more exquisite than the lines
"On Heaven's blue window-sill
God sets the lark a-singing?"
That is really an inspited passage; and there are others almost as striking in their originality:
"Her cold and rigid hands
Will be as iron bands
Around her lover's heart";
"O'er thee will winter through the sky's gray sieve
Sift down his charity of snow."
It will be difficult to find in the whole range of poetry better figures than these.
RICHARD LE GALLIENNE: A gift of melody and depth and tenderness of feeling.
FRANCIS THOMPSON: I believe Scharmel Iris to be a poet of the first rank. His poems are sublime in conception, rich in splendid imagery, full of remarklable metaphors and new figures, and musical in expression. [page 4]
EDMUND GOSSE: He is the first Italian in America to write poetry in English and the whole English speaking world will learn to [love] him as Rossetti was loved in England.
JOAQUIN MILLER: The poems have grace, beauty and power; they fascinate; they are particularly fine.
ROBERT UNDERWOOD JOHNSON (The Century): Poems that show excellent literary execution.
CHARLES HURD (Boston Transcript): The poems are worthy the best poets.
THE RALPH FLETCHER SEYMOUR COMPANY,
408 MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO.
October , 1914.
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